Qualicum Beach is nestled at the foot of Mount Arrowsmith and overlooks the Strait of Georgia, where a picturesque waterfront golf course and ancient forest mingle with beachfront restaurants and an arts centre. The town is also blessed with nature walks, water sports and a popular go-karting track.
Things to do in Qualicum Beach
Discover more about Qalicum Beach’s history at the Qualicum Beach Historical & Museum Society, where you can explore Royal memorabilia, old tools and weapons, prehistoric human skulls and models of the town in past times. Afterwards, venture over to The Old School House Arts Centre, which houses exhibits showcasing locally-made paintings, sculptures and crafts.
Do you love nature? Head over to Butterfly World and immerse yourself in the lives of butterflies while wandering through greenhouses filled with various butterfly species. You can also feed koi fish in two large ponds, visit turtles and tortoises and see reptiles, including a red bearded dragon and albino geckos.
If you’re looking for some high-speed action, visit Fast Time Grand Prix, an intricate go-karting track with tight turns and fast go-karts. When you need a break, visit the Milner Gardens & Woodland to stroll through seasonal flower gardens and dine at the on-site restaurant housed in a traditional cottage.
Tee off at the Qualicum Beach Memorial Golf Course, which offers a challenging nine-hole course overlooking the Strait of Georgia. The nearby Heritage Forest is perfect for walking beneath towering ancient trees, while those looking for cold drinks, fresh seafood and water views should visit Shady Rest Hotel.
Getting around Qualicum Beach
Qualicum Beach is about 40 minutes from Nanaimo, which has ferry connection to Vancouver. You can catch buses from Nanaimo to Qualicum Beach and use buses to get around town. Exploring on foot is also easy, while a hire car is best for travelling longer distances.